Tunku: An Odyssey of Life Well-Lived and Well-Loved

Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian is Professor of History and Senior Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia. She is an acknowledged authority on Thai-Malaysian relations and contemporary Thai socio-politics. Throughout her academic life that spans over 30 years, Kobkua has served as lecturer, visiting fellow and professor to some of the leading institutes of higher learning in the region, including Chiangmai University, Chulalongkorn University; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Tenaga Malaysia and UPSI; Universiti Gadjah Mada; and the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on socio-political issues in Thailand and Malaysia.

UM Press (2017)


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Tunku: An Odyssey of Life Well-Lived and Well-Loved offers a comprehensive account of Tunku’s life, both personal and political. There is little doubt over the position of Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia’s history.

Known as the Father of Independence and also Father of Malaysia, Tunku stands head and shoulders above the other leaders of the country as evidenced by the vast volumes of literature on the man and his

It studies Tunku’s life from his childhood, education and his eventful adulthood to his political ups and downs, his struggles as a private citizen and his enormous contributions to the nation, the Malays and Islam.

Tunku: An Odyssey of Life Well-Lived and Well-Loved convincingly argues that, contrary to belief among certain quarters, it is the Tunku who not only defended but also installed the special position and privileges of the Malays as a fundamental criteria in the formation of the Federation of Malaya.

Besides his outstanding achievements in securing Malaysia’s sovereignty and independence and the formation of Malaysia, Tunku was also known to be incorruptible which perhaps, has contributed to his being poorer after he stepped down after nearly two decades at the helm of the country.

Staying true to his own self and his socio-political values in and out of office has gained him the love and respect of a multiracial society who will always remember this extraordinary man and much loved leader.

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Weight 0.470 kg
Dimensions 14.5 × 0.8 × 18.5 cm






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